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Galaxy S4 apparently confirmed as GT-I9505, Samsung GT-Q1000 Android handset also discovered

New Galaxy S3 mini firmware apparently confirms the GT-I9505 runs Android (Galaxy S4) and reveals unseen before product model number, the GT-Q1000.
January 1, 2013

The closer we get to CES and MWC, the more rumors we receive filled with unconfirmed details about future Android devices, especially flagship ones, for the new year. Of those, the Galaxy S4 is one of the most expected, although the new high-end smartphone is likely to be unveiled at a special Samsung event rather than at one of the upcoming trade shows.

Just a few days ago we showed you an unofficial render of what the Galaxy S4 could look and feel like, but we also discussed the rumored model number(s) for the device, GT-I9500/GT-I9505, recently spotted in the wild.

At the time, it was speculated that we’re looking at the new Galaxy S4, although that model number was also said to stand for a flagship Samsung Tizen device.

Now, Sam Mobile reveals that it can confirm the GT-I9505 – most likely the LTE version of the Galaxy S4 – is an Android device. The product has been discovered in a firmware version for the Galaxy S3 mini (GT-I8190N), right alongside a new device, which was unheard of until now, the GT-Q1000.

We have no idea what the GT-Q1000 is going to be, but we could be looking at a new Android family of smartphones. What seems to be more important right now is the fact that the GT-I9505 is powered by Android – and obviously its GT-I9500 brother too. Just recently, a Samsung exec confirmed the Galaxy S4 product name, and now it looks like its model number is almost official too.

Naturally, we’re still waiting for more official confirmation, but rest assured that we’ll keep you posted on all things Android, Galaxy S4 included, in 2013 as well, so enjoy the new year and keep following us closely!